The gathering of Davis’ supporters and their anti-American signs are no different from the “Death to America” rallies we see in some foreign countries (Additional info about presidential contenders Cruz, Huckabee, Jindal, Paul and Walker has been published here.) Time.com … Continue reading
Battle in small town signals upcoming statewide debate How a small Indiana city became a gay rights battleground IndyStar.com By Stephanie Wang 8/3/15 GOSHEN — In a cradle of conservatism about 150 miles northeast of Indianapolis, a powerful lobbyist stood … Continue reading
Some minority faiths worry that Indiana’s religious freedom law may encourage discrimination. IndyStar.com By Stephanie Wang and Madeline Buckley 7/1/15 Was the Religious Freedom Restoration Act ever supposed to be about same-sex marriage and marijuana? The loud, polemic narrative around … Continue reading
SERIAL ENTREPRENEUR BILL LEVIN LAUNCHES JULY 1 HOLY WAR ON INDIANA’S MARIJUANA LAWS IndyStar.com (IndyStar site includes graphics and videos.) By Mark Alesia and Tim Evans 6/27/15 As Indiana’s Pied Piper of pot and founder of The First Church of Cannabis, … Continue reading
IndyStar.com By Tony Cook 6/19/15 A defiant Gov. Mike Pence pledged, despite poor poll numbers after a high-profile controversy over the state’s new religious freedom law, to fight his political opponents — even if it means running a less positive … Continue reading
Tallian says she will run as a progressive voice with an emphasis on women’s pay and economic success for all Hoosiers. Indystar.com By Brian Eason 5/12/15 Declaring that Indiana “is not as conservative” as many believe, state Sen. Karen Tallian … Continue reading
State must find a way to deal with big issues The Indianapolis Star By John Ketzenberger 5/10/15 It already seems like an eon has passed since the Indiana General Assembly called it quits on a tumultuous session just 10 days … Continue reading
By Dennis Romboy
Utah, Indiana religious freedom laws not alike
SALT LAKE CITY — Cheers rang out when Utah passed a religious freedom and anti-discrimination bill last month.
SB296 drew praise from a wide range of groups in the state and across the country, including The Church of Jesus Christ of Latter-day Saints and the Human Rights Campaign, the nation’s largest LGBT advocacy organization.
But in Indiana, a newly passed Religious Freedom Restoration Act has drawn resounding jeers.
HUMAN RIGHTS LAWS
Measures to protect locally are weak
Ordinances ‘lack teeth,’ are almost unenforceable, experts across state say
The Indianapolis Star
In the absence of a state law banning discrimination against gays and lesbians — and in the explosive wake of Indiana’s Religious Freedom Restoration Act controversy — more cities are considering their own protections of LGBT rights at the local level.
Although Marion County and 10 other Hoosier communities already have local nondiscrimination ordinances that include sexual orientation, experts say such protections can be so weak that they are virtually unenforceable.
Today the Indianapolis Star published a six page spread examining the multi-faceted upheavel that was triggered by the Indiana Legislature upon the original passage of the Religious Freedom Restoration Act when signed by Governor Mike Pence on March 26, 2015.